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Ch 17: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Nutrition

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Use our video lessons and quizzes to study the body's dietary need for proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins. Discover resources useful for making smart nutritional decisions.

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Nutrition - Chapter Summary

Get a brief overview of the brain structures and hormones controlling our desire to eat before delving into the body's daily nutritional needs. Instructors outline the differences between simple and complex carbohydrates and explain how proteins are used to maintain our organs and muscle tissues. You can also discover dietary sources of important minerals, explore the benefits of unsaturated fats and identify the roles vitamins play in maintaining the health of our eyes, connective tissues and immune systems.

Instructors even discuss the amount of water we should drink per day and break down factors influencing our dietary choices. They also show you why being properly informed is the most important step we can take toward making healthy decisions about what we eat. Wrap up your study of nutrition with lessons teaching you how to use food labels and government websites, and learn to decipher nutritional facts from myths. Lessons in this chapter cover the following topics:

  • Simple and complex carbohydrates
  • Insoluble and soluble fiber
  • Proteins and amino acids
  • Saturated and unsaturated fats
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • The body's dietary need for water
  • Influences on dietary choices
  • Nutritional myths and facts
  • Causes of malnutrition

Study these topics and more with our short, illustrated videos and their matching transcripts. Multiple-choice quizzes are also included at the end of each lesson to help test your understanding of the material. These brief quizzes can also be used to chart your progress as you make your way through the lessons and chapters included in this course.

13 Lessons in Chapter 17: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Nutrition
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Understanding Hunger: Physical & Psychological Factors

1. Understanding Hunger: Physical & Psychological Factors

Finding a way to address our hunger is one of the main motivators we have as living beings. But hunger isn't all about your stomach; your brain plays a key role in how you get the message that it's time to refuel. Watch this lesson for details on how hunger works from the brain's perspective.

Simple & Complex Carbohydrates: Dietary Needs

2. Simple & Complex Carbohydrates: Dietary Needs

This lesson will explore the many different kinds of carbohydrates found in food. You'll learn about monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharides, and much more!

Insoluble and Soluble Fiber: Dietary Needs

3. Insoluble and Soluble Fiber: Dietary Needs

If you didn't know this already, there are many different kinds and functions of fiber! You'll learn about what dietary, functional, total, soluble, and insoluble fiber is and how much you need each day and why.

Proteins & Amino Acids: Importance & Dietary Needs

4. Proteins & Amino Acids: Importance & Dietary Needs

Can protein become fat? How much protein do we need? What's the difference between an essential and a complete protein? You'll find out that and much more as we go over the nutritional aspects of proteins.

Saturated, Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated Fat: Dietary Needs

5. Saturated, Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated Fat: Dietary Needs

Fat has been derided as being really bad for you despite serving many important functions. You'll learn about these functions and the different kinds of fat you may encounter as well as why a lot of fat can truly, in the end, be bad for you.

Vitamins We Need: Their Importance & Sources

6. Vitamins We Need: Their Importance & Sources

There are a lot of different vitamins, and they come from many different places! This lesson will teach you about what they are, how many different kinds you need, what they do, and where you can obtain them naturally.

Minerals in Our Food: Functions in the Body & Food Sources

7. Minerals in Our Food: Functions in the Body & Food Sources

Minerals are important substances that help your body's form and function on many different levels. This lesson will go over some important ones, what they do, and where they are found in our diets.

Water's Role as a Nutrient: Importance & Dietary Need

8. Water's Role as a Nutrient: Importance & Dietary Need

Water is an important thing for the entire world and the world inside your body. This lesson will point out why it's important for you and how much you need on a daily basis.

Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues

9. Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues

You are a unique person and therefore, the dietary choices you make should be well-suited to who you are and what you do. The factors that influence these choices will be the focus of this lesson.

Determining Your Nutritional Needs

10. Determining Your Nutritional Needs

This lesson will teach you about important terms involved in determining your nutritional needs, as well as about a tool that can help you use the latest nutritional science to figure these things out.

Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

11. Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

This lesson will help you see how easy it is to track what you eat and change your diet for the better. It will also provide you with additional information on where a wealth of information on healthy nutrition can be found.

Nutritional Myths, Facts, Risks & Benefits

12. Nutritional Myths, Facts, Risks & Benefits

Have you heard about the latest supplement craze that will cure you of something? Is it worth taking? This lesson will talk about the benefits, risks, myths, and facts surrounding dietary supplements.

Malnutrition: Causes of Over-nutrition and Under-nutrition & Most Affected Regions

13. Malnutrition: Causes of Over-nutrition and Under-nutrition & Most Affected Regions

Have you ever thought about your diet and whether or not you are getting the appropriate nutrients you need to remain healthy? In this lesson, we will describe the concept of malnutrition and explore the ways that people's diets can be unbalanced. We will also discuss regions of the world where malnutrition is prevalent and why.

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